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Brighton Homes 2017 EnergyStar Award

EPA Names Brighton Homes 2017 EnergyStar Partner of the Year for a fourth year in a row Boise, Idaho, April 6, 2017 – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has recognized new home builder in Eagle ID, Brighton Homes, as a 2017 ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year – New Home Builder Award for its outstanding efforts to bring more energy-efficient homes to market through its actions. Brighton Homes’ accomplishments will be recognized in Washington, D.C. on April 26, 2017.

Brighton Homes, an ENERGY STAR partner since 2009, is being honored for its work in building homes built to ENERGY STAR standards for greater energy efficiency. In 2017, Brighton Homes also made the 100% EnergyStar Commitment becoming the only new home builder in the Treasure Valley committed to building 100% EnergyStar homes.

“By building ENERGY STAR homes, we are helping more U.S. homebuyers purchase homes that offer improved comfort and lower utility bills, while also helping fight climate change,” said Lars Hansen, President, Brighton Homes. “One of the biggest challenges we face is defining the best practices for our market. Often times there are gaps between the latest and greatest technology and affordability for our homebuyers. There are obvious benefits to the environment and our homeowners though that motivates Brighton to keep moving forward. We are very proud to win this award and to be recognized for our efforts.”

Since its inception in 1992, ENERGY STAR and its partners have helped prevent a total of more than two billion metric tons of greenhouse gas emissions. In 2013 alone, ENERGY STAR and its partners provided more than $11 billion in societal benefits due to reducing damages from climate change.

“Brighton Homes has demonstrated a strong commitment to building energy efficient homes that save American homeowners energy and money,” said EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy. “Brighton Homes has built a strong foundation for constructing energy-efficient homes while reducing our nation’s greenhouse gas emissions that fuel climate change.”

Ingo Stroup, from Building Energy, Inc. commented, “Brighton Homes has consistently met and/or exceeded Energy Star standards in their homes.” As the verifying company, Building Energy is present at every critical stage of construction, ensuring that all requirements have been met. “Brighton’s commitment to advanced building practices, diligent oversight and thorough training are key to their Energy Star achievements. It is evident that this is a company that truly cares about the end product and delivering a high quality, energy efficient home to the consumer. Congratulations to the entire team.”

ENERGY STAR certified homes use substantially less energy for heating, cooling, and water heating; in fact, homeowners who buy ENERGY STAR certified homes can expect up to 30 percent less energy costs than a typical new home. Americans living in ENERGY STAR certified homes have saved more than $4 billion on their energy bills since 1995, while more than 1.5 million American families now live in ENERGY STAR certified homes.

ENERGY STAR has 16,000 partners working to protect the environment through greater energy efficiency, including manufacturers, retailers, public schools, hospitals, real estate companies, and home builders.

What does having EnergyStar mean to you?
An eco-friendly home adds confidence. Brighton Homes has been leading the ranks of Treasure Valley builders by delivering EnergyStar certified new homes in Boise Idaho since 2009. This certification ensures that every Brighton home is a smart investment, providing comfort, efficiency and long-term value for our clients. Overall, the EnergyStar qualification process reflects not only our commitment to the environment, but a standard you can trust.

ENERGY STAR. It’s the little label with the big message: Better is Better.
Brighton Homes is proud to offer new homes in Boise Idaho, Eagle Idaho, and Meridian Idaho that have earned ENERGY STAR® label. The ENERGY STAR label means that your new home has been designed and built to standards well above other homes in the market today. It means better quality, better comfort, and better durability. It also means that your new home is a better value for today, and a better investment for tomorrow. The ENERGY STAR label gives you the peace of mind that your home has undergone a better process for inspections, testing, and verification to ensure that it meets strict requirements set by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). ENERGY STAR certified homes are better because they are designed and built to provide:

Peace of Mind. The result of a home that’s built better.
With the ENERGY STAR label on your new home, you can be confident that it will deliver. When ENERGY STAR requirements are applied to new home construction, an integrated approach to design combined with tried-and-true best building practices adds up to a durable, comfortable home with reduced utility and maintenance costs. Our ENERGY STAR certified homes have undergone more inspections and testing than typical homes to ensure that your new home was built to higher standards.

Enduring Quality. Better systems make all the difference.
Purchasing a new home is a big investment, so it’s important to be sure that it’s built to last. We’ve designed all of our new ENERGY STAR certified homes to include value-adding energy efficiency features, and a combination of materials and equipment that will deliver better performance

ENERGY STAR certified new homes include features like:

  • A complete Thermal Enclosure System that includes comprehensive air sealing, quality-installed insulation, and high-performance windows, to deliver improved comfort and lower utility bills.
  • A high-efficiency Heating, Ventilation, and Cooling System that is designed and installed for optimal performance.
  • A comprehensive Water Management System to protect roofs, walls, and foundations from moisture damage.
  • Energy-efficient Lighting and Appliances to help keep utility bills low, while providing high-quality performance and longevity.

Wall-to-Wall Comfort. A better way to live.
Ask anyone who lives in an ENERGY STAR certified home to go back to their old home. You’ll likely hear that there’s no way they’ll give up the comfort that came with the ENERGY STAR label on their new home. From the moment you walk in the door of an ENERGY STAR certified home, you’ll see, feel, and hear the difference.

Proven Value. A better investment for today and tomorrow.
ENERGY STAR certified new homes offer better energy efficiency and performance compared to other homes, making them a better value for today and a better investment for tomorrow. Homes earning the ENERGY STAR label use 20-30 percent less energy than typical new homes, and even more when compared to most resale homes on the market today.

Learn more about ENERGY STAR certified new homes at
To earn the ENERGY STAR Certification, a home must meet guidelines for energy efficiency set by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

These homes are at least 15% more energy efficient than homes built to the 2004 International Residential Code (IRC), and include additional energy-saving features that typically make them 20–30% more efficient than standard homes.

Brighton Homes ENERGY STAR qualified homes include a variety of ‘tried-and-true’ energy-efficient features that contribute to improved home quality and homeowner comfort, and to lower energy demand and reduced air pollution:

Properly installed and inspected insulation in floors, walls, and attics ensures even temperatures throughout the house, reduced energy use, and increased comfort. Properly Installed Insulation

Energy-efficient windows employ advanced technologies to help keep heat in during winter and out during summer. These windows also block damaging ultraviolet sunlight that can discolor carpets and furnishings. Qualified Windows

Construction & Ducts
Sealing holes and cracks in the home’s “envelope” and in heating and cooling duct systems helps reduce drafts, moisture, dust, pollen, and noise. A tightly sealed home improves comfort and air quality while reducing utility and maintenance. Efficient Duct Systems

Heating and Cooling
Energy-efficient heating and cooling systems can be quieter, reduce indoor humidity, and improve the overall comfort of the home. When properly installed this equipment won’t have to work so hard to heat and cool the home. Qualified Cooling Equipment  & Mechanical Ventilation

Efficient Products
ENERGY STAR qualified homes may also be equipped with ENERGY STAR qualified products — lighting fixtures, compact fluorescent bulbs, ventilation fans, and appliances, such as refrigerators, dishwashers, and washing machines. Qualified Appliances Advanced Lighting Package High Efficiency Water Heaters

Third-Party Verification
With the help of Home Energy Raters, ENERGY STAR builder partners choose the most appropriate energy-saving features for their homes. Raters conduct onsite testing and inspections to verify the energy efficiency measures, as well as insulation, air tightness, and duct sealing details.

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